New string workshop led by UNT faculty and Dallas Symphony musicians

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 18:57

What: The University of North Texas College of Music starts its Summer String Institute, featuring faculty from UNT and two principal players from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

When: June 20-28 (Friday – Saturday)

Where: UNT Music Building, 415 Avenue C, Denton

Contact: Felix Olschofka at

Registration Deadline: May 23 (Friday). Details are at

DENTON, Texas (UNT) – UNT College of Music faculty and two principal players from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will give master classes, private lessons and chamber music coaching at the UNT Summer String Institute, a new workshop for string players.

Held June 20-28 (Friday – Saturday), the sessions are designed to help string players master advanced technical and musical skills through private and group instruction as well as solo and chamber music performance opportunities. Collegiate and pre-collegiate violinists, violists and cellists are eligible to enroll.

The workshop faculty will include UNT professors Julia Bushkova, Philip Lewis and Felix Olschofka, violin; Susan Dubois and Daphne Gerling, viola; and Eugene Osadchy and Nikola Ruzevic, cello; along with cellist Elizabeth Morrow from the University of Texas at Arlington faculty. Additionally, two musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra – Gary Levinson, violinist and senior principal associate concertmaster, and Ellen Rose, principal violist and Hortense and Lawrence S. Pollock Chair – will both instruct master classes.

The goal of the new institute is to help instrumentalists reach their full potential through an intensive learning environment of one-on-one lessons, chamber music, clinics and performances.

"Musicians have to have the best individual training to ensure they can perform at the highest possible level as a soloist and within an ensemble," said Felix Olschofka, associate professor of violin and director of the Summer String Institute.

Registration for the workshop continues through May 23 (Friday). See details or apply at

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